SOUTH SUDAN CONDEMNS KILLING OF PEACELKEEPERS

NAIROBI, -- A South Sudanese diplomat official in Kenya, Jimmy Deng, has expressed condolences for the killing of Chinese and Rwandan peacekeepers in Juba during the recent fighting between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those supporting Vice_president Riek Machar.

Deng said here Tuesday that the government regretted the event which led to the killings. President Kiir and Vice-President Machar on Monday evening ordered ceasefires respectively after days of heavy fighting between their forces in the capital, Juba.

On Tuesday, the Sudanese government expressed its condolences for the killings of the two Chinese and Rwandan peacekeepers in the revived fighting between South Sudan rival army factions.

Deng said: "First of all, on behalf of the government, we want to express regret for the event that led to the deaths. Our heartfelt condolences go to their family and their country, a strategic partner to South Sudan."

Deng denied that the two leaders had lost control of the troops and said both the government and Vice-President Machar were in control.

Deng said: "The government is in control of its troops again. Dr. Riek Machar has also joined the president calling for the situation to cease. Dr. Machar is not in control of his troops."

Source: Name News Network

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